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Thursday, October 08, 2015 This Week's Paper
Are you a poet and know it?

The press release as told in a haiku:

T-town seeks poet;
Apply online if you dare;
Get chills from the fame.

And now for real-real, not for play-play.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is accepting applications for the fifth annual Tacoma Poet Laureate program until March 8.

The individual selected as Tacoma Poet Laureate will hold the title for two years – from May 2013 to April 2015 – and receive a $2,000 stipend for advancing and actively contributing to Tacoma’s literary community in meaningful ways through readings, performances, workshops, presentations, publications and/or special projects.

This individual will also participate in Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month each November and help produce the 2015 Tacoma Poet Laureate ceremony announcing the next Tacoma Poet Laureate.

“The Tacoma Poet Laureate program was founded in 2008 by Urban Grace Church and it transitioned over to the City of Tacoma’s Arts Program in 2011,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. “It’s a fantastic program and a great way of infusing the literary world into the civic realm.”

Eligibility extends to literary artists who live or work in Tacoma and are active participants in Tacoma’s poetry community. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be practicing artists, dedicated to producing poetry in any form, genre or style on a regular basis. Other eligibility requirements apply. Detailed information about the Tacoma Poet Laureate program and the application are available at

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